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Keeping Yourself and Your Woodlands Healthy

The COVID-19 crisis has changed our lives in many ways, but one thing we can all do safely is spend more time in the woods. This can provide much needed physical and mental health benefits, but can also benefit your woodlands. Join us on May 8th for a virtual DAY in the WOODS ( to learn about “Keeping Yourself and Your Woodland Healthy”. This series will consist of four one-hour live sessions featuring eleven foresters and natural resources professionals. All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date. Feel free to join any or all these sessions: Spring Migrating Birds (9-10 am) – Matt Shumar (Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative) & Laura Kearns (ODNR-Division of Wildlife) The timing of migration Natural history and bird identification Exciting birds to discover during migration Using eBird to discover birds and contribute to science Health Benefits of Woodlands (11 am-noon) – Jarel Bartig (USDA, Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service) Mental and Physical health benefits How it works Techniques you can try Resources to learn more Keeping woodlands healthy-Part 1 (1-2 pm) 1:00 Improve Your Woodland: Crop Tree Management– Jim Downs (Hocking College) 1:20 Evaluate Your Roads and Trails – Bob Mulligan (ODNR-Division of Forestry 1:40 Maintain Your Property Boundaries– Mark Rickey (ODNR-Division of Forestry) Keeping woodlands healthy-Part 2 (3-4 pm) 3:00 Look for Spotted Lanternfly & Other Insects (Jamie Dahl, Central State University Extension) & Amy Stone (Ohio State University Extension) 3:20 Inventory Young Oaks and Other Seedlings(Dave Apsley, Ohio State University Extension) 3:40 Scout for Invasive Plants (Dave Runkle, Vinton SWCD and Eric Hayes, Athens SWCD This program is free for all participants, but space is limited. To login onto the webinar go to : For questions and information on how to login in contact Dave Apsley at Be sure to visit to download the brochure and see our exciting line up for A DAY in the WOODS 2020. “A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, USDA-Forest Service (Northern Research Station, State and Private Forestry and the Wayne NF), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Vinton-Hocking-Athens Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Central State University Extension, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee. Since 2012, “A Day in the Woods” has offered 70 programs with more than 100 presenters for nearly 3,000 woodland owners and enthusiasts just like you.
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Friday, May 8, 2020 - 9:00am
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